The Baltimore Ravens have a history of drafting players from the Senior Bowl, selecting the most in the NFL over the last five years. But the Ravens might have watched two players move out of their grasp in the second round.
Ohio State wide receiver Braxton Miller and Eastern Kentucky pass-rusher Noah Spence were considered among the biggest draft risers from Senior Bowl week. Some believe Miller and Spence worked their way into the first round, which would be bad news for the Ravens.
Baltimore, which has the fifth pick in the second round (No. 36 overall), need a versatile receiver-returner like Miller and a young edge rusher like Spence. Neither are under consideration for the Ravens' No. 6 overall pick, but Miller and Spence both represent value at the bottom of the first round or early in the second round.
Miller is among the best athletes in the draft, but he only made the switch from quarterback to receiver last year. He boosted his draft stock by impressing scouts with his change of direction and route running in individual drills.
"I love [to] see guys make plays," Miller told ESPN. "Some guys can't."
Spence is a top-15 talent who transferred from Ohio State after two drug-related suspensions. He was dominant at the Senior Bowl practices, which might have earned him the label of best edge pass-rusher in this draft.
“I made a couple mistakes. Dumb, young, immature mistakes. But it was never part of my full-on character,” Spence told ESPN. “It’s not the person I am, and it’s definitely not who I’m trying to portray to be now.”
The Ravens stressed they need to address wide receiver and pass rush this offseason. But, judging by the amount of buzz generated by Miller and Spence, both aren't expected to be available when Baltimore drafts early in the second round.